Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Fellowship

The postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology in the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at the University of Utah School of Medicine is a two-year fellowship offering the specialized training necessary for independent practice as a board-eligible neuropsychologist with sub-specialized competency in evaluating and treating rehabilitation patients. The growing PM&R neuropsychology team currently includes one inpatient neuropsychologist, two outpatient neuropsychologists, two psychometrists, two postdoctoral fellows, two practicum students, and two research assistants.

The clinical and educational experiences of the fellowship are modeled after guidelines identified by the Houston Conference on Specialty Education and Training in Clinical Neuropsychology. In addition to clinical training, the fellowship also fosters engagement in research relevant to clinical outcomes and enhanced patient care.

The PM&R neuropsychology service specializes in comprehensive and focused evaluations of adults and adolescents with a broad range of neurodegenerative disorders as well as with patients who have sustained neurotrauma. Populations include those who have had a traumatic brain injury, stroke and other cerebrovascular events (e.g., aneurysm), polytrauma, central nervous system tumors, and multiple sclerosis. In addition, a substantial number of cases are seen in which the referral question involves differential diagnosis of neurologic (i.e., epilepsy or brain injury) versus psychiatric contributions (i.e., somatic or functional neurologic symptom disorders) to neurobehavioral dysfunction. 

The primary training location is the outpatient physical medicine and rehabilitation clinic located in the rehabilitation center of the University of Utah Hospital. Additional locations include the inpatient rehabilitation unit and the outpatient rehabilitation therapy clinic in which a neuropsychologist is collocated with other medical and rehabilitation therapy (i.e., occupational, physical, and speech therapy) providers. The neuropsychology service will relocate to the new Craig H. Neilsen Rehabilitation Hospital scheduled to open in 2002. Clinical minor rotation locations may include the Department of Neurology, Primary Children’s Hospital, Department of Psychiatry, and a research/academic rotation is offered in the Department of Psychology.

Didactic Opportunities

The fellowship includes weekly didactics pertinent to clinical neuropsychology in the division of PM&R Neuropsychology Grand Rounds. These didactics will qualify for continuing education credit. Additional didactic opportunities include Neuropathology Autopsy Conference, PM&R Resident Didactics, Continuing Quality Improvement projects, and case conferences in Psychiatry when available. The University of Utah School of Medicine has 22 clinical and basic science departments, and offers many continuing education grand rounds as well as presentations and training opportunities, and the fellow can attend these when possible.

For detailed information, please view our brochure: Fellowship Brochure

Application Process

The Neuropsychology program will participate in the Match process on a yearly basis. This residency site agrees to abide by the APPCN policy that no person at this facility will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any residency applicant. To be considered, applicants must have completed an APA or CPA-accredited doctoral program and a 1-year APA-or CPA-accredited predoctoral internship prior to the scheduled start of the fellowship. Applicants are expected to have had formal training in neuropsychological assessment of adults, including standardized test administration and scoring, interpretation, and report preparation both in graduate school and on internship.

Applicants are required to submit the following:

  1. A one-page cover letter describing your experience in neuropsychological assessment and research, and your interest in our program
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Two de-identified sample reports
  4. An official transcript mailed or emailed directly from your graduate institution.
  5. Three letters of recommendation, with at least one from a training supervisor from your graduate program and one from a supervisor at your predoctoral internship.
  6. APPCN’s Completion of Doctoral Training form: http://www.appcn.org/assets/1748/doctorate_verification_form.pdf
  7. Please send your application (as one PDF, if possible) to the attention of Jeremy Davis, Psy.D., ABPP by email jeremy.davis@hsc.utah.edu.

Applications will be reviewed by the PM&R neuropsychology faculty. Selected applicants will be invited to interview at the annual meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society (INS). Alternative options for interview will be offered for those applicants unable to attend INS.

Current/Past Fellows:

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Christine Mullen, Psy.D.

Internship- University of Alabama at Birmingham-

Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center Clinical Psychology Internship

Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Fellow- 2018-2020

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Natalie Kurniadi, Ph.D.

Internship-Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Fellow- 2019-2021

 

 

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